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Pages of History: Big wartime crowd here for July 4

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1945.

Crescent City was host to a big flock of visitors over the Fourth of July holiday with a fast-moving celebration program that kept the crowd completely entertained throughout the day.

Weather conditions here were just about perfect for the occasion, hundreds of automobiles lining Ocean Drive to witness the parade that started the day’s festivities. The celebration committee kept things running smoothly, the parade being immediately followed by the treasure hunt for the kiddies, then the kid’s races, both of which distributed considerable cash among the youngsters.

Off to Boy Scout camp!

“Happy” Wright, Leon Miller, Harry Trehearne and Francis Henry were among Crescent City boys leaving for Boy Scout camp near Garberville, where they will remain for the next couple of weeks.

They were taken to camp by W.G. Trehearne, who returned to Crescent City early Sunday evening.

Travel boom predicted

Tremendous postwar travel over the Redwood Highway that will tax present accommodations at campgrounds, auto courts and service stations throughout the area to the limit, was the prediction of George C. Hoberg, president of the Redwood Empire association at an enthusiastic meeting of the group held at Davy Jones Larder last Monday evening.

Present were people from all parts of the county, members of the Board of Supervisors and a number of guests.

The association president pointed out the need for continued support for its work to meet competition from foreign sources as well as here at home in the United States in bringing to the Redwood Empire its full share of the lucrative tourist business and also pointed out all the work that has been carried out with limited funds and a skeleton staff during the war. 

Home destroyed by fire

An Indian home on the Smith River reservation at Lopes Creek occupied by an aged Indian couple, Jennie Scott and Ben White, burned to the ground last night. The occupants barely escaped with their lives, clad only in their nightclothes, the entire contents of the dwelling being consumed by the flames.

The exact origin of the fire had not been determined this morning, but it started at about 10 o’clock, and within a short time the building was burned to the ground. Ashford and other neighbors, who reached the scene quickly, were unable to do much but stop the fire from spreading through the dry grass.

Lost in the fire was an unusual collection of Indian relics belonging to Jennie, including a collection of skin dresses beautifully beaded, Indian ceremonial dance costumes and other articles that cannot be replaced.

Eating places may all close

All Crescent City restaurants and eating places may close within the next few days according to action reported at a meeting of those interested, which it said was held this week. Restaurant owners say the move is being forced upon them by OPA restrictions on food purchases, the shortage of points for some commodities making it absolutely impossible for them to keep their doors open.

Practically all restaurants in town are open this morning and there is absolutely no indication when the unanimous closing may become effective.


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